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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

About the First-Year Experience

At Skidmore, we believe in the transformative power of liberal education—more precisely, in the power of an educational experience that combines curricular and co-curricular opportunities to liberate the mind and nurture the soul.

The first-year program is designed to get you started on that journey.  Its hallmark is the Scribner Seminar, a small, intense course in which you work closely with a Skidmore faculty member who will also serve as your advisor.  First-year students select a Scribner Seminar from approximately 45 different offerings, exploring fascinating interdisciplinary topics such as American Buddhism or Sport, Self, & Society.  All seminars are designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity, challenge preconceived notions, and provide a solid foundation for continued study at Skidmore.   

The FYE also includes the Peer Mentor program, linking the first-year students to an older student who will assist them in their social and academic transition to college life.  And then there's the Summer Reading, which immerses all seminars in provocative debate about a shared text that has been carefully chosen to invite multiple perspectives and cross-disciplinary analysis.

In short, Skidmore's First-Year Experience aims to cultivate each student as a whole person.  In the grand tradition of liberal education, we hope that students emerge from the first year, and eventually from the College, as engaged, thoughtful, and capable citizens of the world.

Rachel Roe-Dale, Ph.D.
Director of the First-Year Experience &
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics